A native of Hagonoy, Bulacan, Eljay Castro Deldoc is a writer, translator, actor, director, and educator. He earned his degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He has been a fellow of the Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop, the 14th Iyas National Writers Workshop, the 1st PUP Multi-Genre National Writers Workshop, the 15th Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop, and the 57th UP National Writers Workshop.
He started writing plays in UPLB back in 2009. He wrote a translation of Jose Rizal’s “Junto al Pasig”, a stage adaptation of Ricky Lee’s “Para Kay B”, and an original play entitled “Articulo Mortis”.
Eljay is one of the founders and the present Artistic Director of Tabsing Kolektib , a Manila- and UPLB-based theater company that was established in 2012. For the past six years, he has written four plays for the company: “Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me The Musical”, “Ang Favorite Book ni Jude”, “Ramon Bautistar and His Tales From D Frienzone”, and “Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling ng Sigwa”.
For six consecutive years since 2013, Eljay has also been part of The Virgin Labfest. His most notable plays are first staged in this festival: “Owel”, “Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal”, “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala”, and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award-winning “Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All the Overcoat”. In 2016, “Si Maria Isabella…” was mounted by Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco, California.
Eljay also penned Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog”, Dulaang Laboratoryo’s “Sylvia Q.”and “Ang Muling Pamumukadkad ng Vanda sanderiana”, Teatro de Ateneo de Zambangoa’s “Ganito ang Pinangarap Kong Kasal”, UPLB Department of Humanities’ “Alindanaw”, and CopeWithLand’s “Nawa’y Muli Tayong Makauwi”.
Recently, Eljay ventured in producing teleplays as a part-time writer for GMA 7. He’s part of the writing team of “Juan Tamad”, “Naku Boss Ko”, “Conan My Beautician”, and “I Heart Davao”.
Read some of his works at https://deldoctrines.wordpress.com/.
“Nobenta Nostalgia: A Monomusical”was part of Fringe Manila 2018
“Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal”and “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala”are included in the Virgin Labfest Anthology 2013-2016, published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2017
“Ang Buwan at Bulaklak sa Aking Pangalan”and “Isang Tanghali, May Sumakay na Anghel sa Aking Kalesa”, children stories that were published in Liwayway Magazine in 2015
“Limang Liham Bago ang Mayo 10, 1897”, an epistolary prose that is included in MAGHIMAGSIK: Mga Tula, Sulatin at Larawan ng Pakikibaka ni Andres Bonifacio at ng Kabataang Makabayan, published by CEGP in 2013